Why Your Heart Rhythm is Important
Your heart is one of the organs in your body that never goes to rest literally. Your heart is responsible for pumping blood to all other body organs to keep them nourished and in good working order. To send the blood to other body organs, your heart needs to contract and relax at regular intervals thereby forcing the blood into the veins for delivery. Contracting and relaxing is also known as heart beat and it has a frequency.
When you exercise your body or when your organs need an extra supply of blood to cope up with special needs, the frequency of your heart beat increases and the contrary is true when you are at rest. In both cases however, the number of beats is a constant for a given time. This is what medical doctors call heart rhythm. When there is no rhythm in your heart beat it is a sign that you have a heart ailment. A condition like this is called arrhythmia in medical terminology.
Time to Consult a Cardiologist
If you suspect that your heart is not beating with a rhythm, it is time you schedule a meeting with a cardiologist at a hospital. After a thorough medical check and a few tests, your doctor will be able to establish whether you have arrhythmia (lack of rhythm) or not. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether this condition can be corrected through medication or whether it requires surgery.
What Ablation Does to Correct Rhythm
There are multiple reasons that can cause arrhythmia and the main reason is the buildup of abnormal tissues in your heart. Doctors treat arrhythmia by removing the abnormal tissue buildup by using catheters. Catheters are actually long flexible tubes that a surgeon will insert into the vein in the groin region and thread it to the heart where the abnormal tissue is found. In ablation procedure the abnormal tissues are destroyed and thereby the original structure of the organ is restored.
Ablation can also stop abnormal electrical impulses which disturb your heart’s rhythm. Electrical impulse is what keeps your heart working in a spic and span condition, and they are required to travel in a predetermined path which is one of the objectives of doing a cardiac ablation on the patient.
Ablation Vs Open-heart Surgery – Let Your Cardiologist Decide
Cardiac ablation or open-heart treatment is not the first option to correct arrhythmia. It is done only when –
- Medication has failed to correct arrhythmia
- When other treatment is producing unacceptable side effects
Ablation is preferred by patients because it is less invasive and you will be able to recover fast. However, depending upon your present heart condition your doctor might choose to correct your heart’s rhythm problem through an open-heart surgery.
Doing ablation is not without risks. Your cardiologist is the best person to weigh the pro and cons of choosing between open-heart surgery and ablation. It is therefore best for you to leave it to your doctor’s discretion.
What You Need to Do
If you suspect arrhythmia, take immediate action by consulting us. You are welcome to visit our hospital anytime and learn more about heart rhythm, or you can fill in the form provided here. We will get back to you immediately.